Showing others they are important by what you say and do.
“Show proper respect to everyone.” ~ 1 Peter 2:17(a), NIrV
We start the month in Matthew 8:5-13 where we find a Roman Commander. The commander was in charge of his men, who did whatever he told them to do. Yet, when his servant became seriously ill, he realized that he wasn’t in charge anymore. He had no power over his servant’s health. He respected that Jesus had authority to heal his servant and had faith He could do it. Jesus honors the centurion’s faith and heals the servant.
Bottom Line: Show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything.
In James 2:1-4, 8-9, we discover that people in the early church struggled with how to resect people who were different from them. James reminds us that it doesn’t matter what we look like on the outside. It’s what’s on the inside that shapes our respect for others.
Bottom Line: You respect God when you respect the people God made.
In Ephesians 6:1-3, Paul writes about God’s clear instruction to honor our parents. But he wasn’t the first one in the Bible to say this. Moses said this way back in Deuteronomy 5:16 when God’s people were entering the promised land. Honoring one’s parents is foundational to showing respect to God.
Bottom Line: You respect God when you respect your parents.
Lastly, we head to 1 Samuel 24 and find David running away from King Saul. Yet, when David had a clean shot at taking out Saul, he decided to respect the position God gave King Saul. David took the high-road and let God take care of the situation between them.
Bottom Line: You respect God when you respect the people He’s put in charge.